Name: Zahra Mirsadeghi
Nationality or Ethnicity: Iranian
Where do you live? Istanbul, Turkey
Languages: Persian(native) , Arabic, English, French (fluent), Spanish, Chinese (intermediate), Turkish (lower-intermediate). Learning Portuguese.
1. What’s your story? How did you get into all these languages?
I was a five-year-old child and my parents chose me to begin three languages simultaneously, Arabic, French and English. Despite not being able to read or write in my native language, Persian. I spent the first 6 years of her language learning journey watching cartoons in my target languages, talking to foreign friends, and taking part in language courses. I was a normal language learner until the age of 15, when I decided to start Spanish because it was close to French and I could easily learn it. Then I started self-studying Mandarin. It was the most significant turning point in my life, as it changed my life goals and motivated me to work harder to gain admission to China's best universities. I was raised in Iran and moved to Turkey to improve my language skills. That led me to learn Turkish and After two years of learning it, I decided to try something different and self-studied Portuguese. Learning every new language has opened a new chapter into my life and altered my
perspective. I try to help as many people as possible to learn languages and begin this never-ending journey.
2. Which language(s) do you wish you could spend more time practising?
Portuguese and Turkish, since I am almost intermediate in them and I have the fewest friends from these nationalities so I am planning to learn these languages well and be able to make more friends.
3. What are some languages you’d like to learn in the future?
Urdu and Hindi are going to be my 9th and 10th languages. I already have a simple knowledge of these languages and am trying to get at least B2 in all the 10 languages.
4. So let’s be honest, what’s the sexiest language?
Chinese and Spanish, the way these languages sound, makes me feel so confident while speaking.
5. What’s the greatest pleasure you get from speaking so many languages?
Being able to talk to everyone in their mother tongue and having many foreign friends who treat you as someone from their own nationality since you are speaking in their first language is the greatest pleasure for me as a polyglot.
6. Some people say the world is really just going to have a few languages left in a 100 years, do you think this is really true?
I believe that English will grow faster in such a way that in 100 years everyone will know English, and many of the rare local languages are going to disappear.
7. What is your message to young (and not so young) people out there who are interested in studying multiple languages?
Now that we live in the technology and internet world, there is no excuse for you not to learn your favorite language because of financial constraints so break the barriers and start this journey. don't be scared of people's judgments, don't take hard on yourself and make the language learning process fun for yourself.